Samsung Galaxy Note8

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Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy Note8's screen is 6.3 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 napdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 3.9 days standby time, 1320 minutes (2G), 1980 minutes (3G), 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best big-screen phone yet, thanks to its versatile dual cameras, S Pen improvements and beautiful 6.3-inch screen.

- Mark Spoonauer , Tom's Guide 

This is Samsung's best big phone yet, but it's not a huge leap forward.

- Chris Velazco , Engadget 

Reviews summary

Based on 48 reviews

What's good  

  • Bright, vivid screen
  • Blazing performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • S-Pen support
  • IP68 water and dustproofing
  • Great camera

What's bad  

  • So-so battery life
  • Price
  • Too big for one-handed use
  • Awkward fingerprint scanner placement
  • Bixby still inaccurate

Samsung is back with the latest version of the Note series—the Galaxy Note8. While it still offers the innovative S-Pen stylus that no one else can touch, phones are getting bigger and more powerful.

It’s no longer unique to be a big phone, and the S8 offers power in spades. Does the Note8 still offer a unique value? More so, do reviewers find that the big features match the big price tag?

Reviewers are chiming in on their thoughts. Let’s see what they think!

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The Note8 follows in the footsteps of the rest of the S8 series. The aluminum and glass chassis features a slimmer profile than competing phones and a seamless design with rounded screen edges and phone corners.

It’s IP68 water and dustproof. So don’t worry about using your new phone (or the S-Pen) in the rain or near the pool.

Reviewers loved the design, but found the corners uncomfortable in the pocket. Phone Scoop summed up opinions well, saying, “The uniformity of the shape, the thin profile, the luscious materials all make the Note8 something to lust after, just like they (still) do with the S8 and S8+.”

The front of the phone is reserved for Samsung’s 6.3-inch QHD AMOLED Infinity display. You’ll find no bezels on the size and minimal top and bottom space. This, combined with the 1440-by-2960 resolution means the phone is shaped more like a checkbook than the massive slab of phone the screen size might suggest.

The Guardian notes, “… that 6.3in screen is squeezed into a body that’s pretty much the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus.” Despite this, most reviewers found one-handed use next to impossible. Especially when paired with the odd placement of the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone.

Reviewers praised the screen for it’s inky blacks, 600 nits of brightness and sharp details. It also supports HDR video if you can find a good source.

Powering the phone is a 2.35Ghz octa-core Snapdragon processor and 6GB of RAM. As you’d expect from the top-tier components, there’s zero complaints here. Android Community noted, “You won’t be left wanting with the Galaxy Note8 in terms of performance.”

The phone ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will see an update to 8.0 Oreo. While reviewers were once critical of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, they loved the latest version. In particular, most found the S-Pen integrations and split-screen modes handy and intuitive.

One area of software that didn’t impress reviewers was Bixby—Samsung’s new virtual assistant. From inaccurate voice recognition to triggering Bixby randomly through regular conversation, most found they went back to Google Assistant fast.

If you’re looking for a powerful camera, reviews indicate you’re in luck. The phone features a dual rear camera setup that allows for up to 2x optical zoom, optical image stabilization and the ability to capture RAW images. Reviewers raved about the camera.

Canadian Reviewer summed up opinions well, saying, “Samsung's pedigree as a camera manufacturer is evident. The Note8 is a very good camera and managed to take some striking landscape, portrait, macro and panoramic shots even on the automatic setting.”

Gizmodo agreed, declaring, “The Note8's Live Focus photos are just about the best that I've taken with a smartphone.”

You’ll find 64 to 256GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 256GB. That leaves plenty of room to store your favorite shots or record 4K video.

Samsung crammed a 3300mAh battery into the sleek Note8. Reviews show it’s good for a full day of moderate use. However, heavy users might need to find a charger after the sun sets. Gizmodo noted, “I doubt you'd get more than a full day's enjoyment out of the Note8 unless you switched on Samsung's power saving mode early on in the day.”

Fortunately, the phone supports fast charging through both USB-C and wireless chargers. So keeping the phone juiced up is easy.

Overall, reviews indicate the phone is a solid comeback from the fiasco that was the Note 7. The only thing reviewers questioned was price. If you’re not looking for the S-Pen functionality, many reviews recommended saving money and sticking with the S8 or S8 Plus.

V3 summed up recommendations well, saying, “Yes, it's a large smartphone - probably too large for most people's uses, and that criticism extends to the price. However, if you are after a 'phablet' sized smartphone this is probably the very best that your money can buy.”

Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)

What Hi-Fi

Back to winning ways

from What Hi-Fi
The Note 8 is arguably not a phone for everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant. It’s been built from the ground up after a tricky year, and is all the better for it. There’s little to take issue with for that reason, though its battery life should be better. It’s not a deal-breaker (as any iPhone user will attest to), but for a phone as powerful as this, it would be good to have a battery with longevity to match. .. Full review

Back to being best

from Notebookcheck
Samsung has again launched a superb product with the Galaxy Note 8 and there is no real alternative phablet for fans of the S Pen. The handset comes with an outstanding configuration. However, the manufacturer could have gladly been a bit more generous with the internal storage in view of the price... Full review

Once again clearly the top Samsung device of the year

from GSMArena
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is the most expensive phone of the series yet, a fact you can't get around. Fact number two: it's the most versatile smartphone you can currently get. That alone should be enough to give the right users the right motivation. Or, you have to have a use for it to justify the asking price. Either way, the Galaxy Note8 will deliver the goods. And will do so in a way that very few phones, if any, can match... Full review
Droid Life

The best Note phone Samsung has made to date

from Droid Life

The Galaxy Note 8 is a damn good phone, one that will surely make any owner happy. It’s packed full of every single goody an Android user would hope for and then some. It’s probably the best Samsung and the company’s fans could hope for following last year’s recall craziness. As someone who has been reviewing Galaxy Note phones for a few years now, I can say for sure that this is the best iteration we’ve seen to date. It has an insanely good camera experience, design that will have all of your friends talking, plus it doesn’t leave anything out in the nam... Full review


A true flagship smartphone powerhouse

from Recombu
Once again Samsung has laden one of its most powerful smartphones with one of the best overall camera experiences available. Raw picture and video quality is excellent across the board and that sheer number of features and functions gives you room to get creative and edit all on one device... Full review

No smoke, just fire

from Recombu
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is unquestionably one of those devices that is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s not just a powerful tool or a capable multimedia machine, it’s a joy to use and it can do anything you’d expect any top-tier smartphone to do and so much more... Full review
The Guardian

A greatest hits package from the godfather of phablets

from The Guardian
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 feels like a greatest hits for the Note series. It has every feature that made previous Notes worth buying and slams them into the new Samsung smartphone design ushered in by the Galaxy S8, but as a consequence doesn’t feel particularly new or innovative compared to Samsung’s other smartphones... Full review

One hell of a smartphone

from V3
Yes, it's a large smartphone - probably too large for most people's uses, and that criticism extends to the price. However, if you are after a 'phablet' sized smartphone this is probably the very best that your money can buy. The display is genuinely stunning, its performance class-leading and the S Pen works exceptionally well. If you really must spend close to £900 or your or someone else's money on a smartphone, you won't be disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.. Full review
Canadian Reviewer

Improves in almost every area

from Canadian Reviewer
Samsung has succeeded in acknowledging past mistakes while addressing battery issues and refining the design and capabilities of the Note 8. This, is how you bounce back from a scandal. With a much-improved device that delivers on the promise of its failed predecessor, while pushing the segment forward. It is just unfortunate that the pricing will push users to possibly wait or look elsewhere... Full review

The best screen, for a hefty price

from NYTimes
On the Galaxy Note 8’s 6.3-inch screen, the benefits of OLED are pronounced. Photos looked amazing. They popped out with vivid colors and nice shadow detail. For reading, web articles looked great, with crisp, clear text that was easy on the eyes — a boon for anyone with less-than-perfect vision. The roomy screen, which has roughly the same dimensions as a pocket notepad, is a nice size for taking notes with the digital pen; I used it to outline this review in a coffee shop... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date September 15, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 napdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 GB or 128 GB or 256 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 0.93 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Stylus, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 960 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 840 minutes
3G Surfing Time 720 minutes
4G Surfing Time 780 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1320 minutes (2G)
1980 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 3.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Deepsea Blue, Maple Gold, Midnight Black, Orchid Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.2 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm
(6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 195 grams
(6.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel Density 521 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Infinity Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2.4
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens Yes
Zoom 2x optical, 10x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera, f/1.7), HDR, Slow motion recording (HD 240fps), Time lapse mode, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Auto focus, f/1.7, Wide Selfie
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments International version has Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 Octa core 2.3 GHz processor
Also available in dual SIM variant

Additional Sensors: Iris sensor, Barometer, HR sensor
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